The first International Postgraduate Conference on Central and Eastern Europe was held at the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) in 1999. Since then it has taken place bi-annually, both at UCL SSEES and in different academic centres around the world. Previous hosting institutions include the University of Warsaw, UC Berkeley, the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, and the Babeş-Bolyai University and Romanian Academy in Cluj-Napoca.
From 20-21 February 2016, the conference returns to University College London. It aims to provide an opportunity for sixty postgraduate students and young academics to present their research, which collectively explores the region of Central and Eastern Europe, and the countries of the former Soviet Union. This platform will enable them to exchange ideas and establish contacts with international colleagues from a wide variety of disciplines.
The conference is organised by research students at SSEES with the help of the UCL administration and Dr Felix Ciuta, the school’s Head of Postgraduate Research. In a commitment to enable students and researchers from Eastern Europe to attend the conference, we aim to secure funding to cover basic transport costs.
UCL SSEES is one of the world’s leading specialist institutions, and the largest national centre in the UK, for the study of Central, Eastern and South-East Europe and Russia. It was founded in 1915 by Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk (later elected first President of Czechoslovakia) as a part of King’s College, but later functioned as an independent entity within the structure of the University of London. In 1999 SSEES merged with University College London and in 2004 moved into its new premises. In addition to the teaching rooms where the conference will take place, the building houses one of the largest libraries on East European studies in the world.
University College London was founded in 1826 and is one of the oldest English universities. It prides itself on being the first university in England to be entirely secular. UCL was furthermore the first university in the UK to admit students irrespective of their race, religion and social class as well as the first university to admit men and women on equal terms. UCL is consistently ranked as one of the best universities in the world (e.g. the QS World University Rankings have ranked UCL as 4th best university in the world for two years running) and prides itself in being a research-led institution.